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Clinical/Translational Cancer Immunotherapy

Section edited by Dr. James L. Gulley

First-in-man clinical trials, phase II/III clinical studies, immune monitoring investigations, tumor microenvironment, host genetics and clinical outcome, combination therapies, and cell therapies.

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  1. Content type: Short report

    Adoptive transfer of T cells transduced with Chimeric Antigen Receptors (CAR) are now FDA-approved for the treatment of B-cell malignancies. Yet, the functionality of the endogenous TCR in CART cells has not b...

    Authors: Benjamin O. Tschumi, Nina Dumauthioz, Bastien Marti, Lianjun Zhang, Pascal Schneider, Jean-Pierre Mach, Pedro Romero and Alena Donda

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:71

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  2. Content type: Review

    Immunotherapy represents the third important wave in the history of the systemic treatment of cancer after chemotherapy and targeted therapy and is now established as a potent and effective treatment option ac...

    Authors: Paolo A. Ascierto, James Brugarolas, Luigi Buonaguro, Lisa H. Butterfield, David Carbone, Bruno Daniele, Robert Ferris, Bernard A. Fox, Jérôme Galon, Cesare Gridelli, Howard L. Kaufman, Christopher A. Klebanoff, Ignacio Melero, Paul Nathan, Chrystal M. Paulos, Marco Ruella…

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:69

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Metformin is one of the biguanides commonly used in patients with type II Diabetes Mellitus. Apart from its hypoglycemic properties, metformin also inhibits the cell cycle by restricting protein synthesis and ...

    Authors: Muhammad Zubair Afzal, Rima R. Mercado and Keisuke Shirai

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:64

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Natural killer (NK) cells recognize and lyse target tumor cells in an MHC-unrestricted fashion and complement antigen- and MHC-restricted killing by T-lymphocytes. NK cells and T-lymphocytes mediate early kill...

    Authors: Jay Friedman, Megan Morisada, Lillian Sun, Ellen C. Moore, Michelle Padget, James W. Hodge, Jeffrey Schlom, Sofia R. Gameiro and Clint T. Allen

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:59

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) catalyzes the oxidation of tryptophan into kynurenine and is partially responsible for acquired immune tolerance associated with cancer. The IDO1 small molecule inhibitor n...

    Authors: Asha Nayak-Kapoor, Zhonglin Hao, Ramses Sadek, Robin Dobbins, Lisa Marshall, Nicholas N. Vahanian, W. Jay Ramsey, Eugene Kennedy, Mario R. Mautino, Charles J. Link, Ray S. Lin, Stephanie Royer-Joo, Xiaorong Liang, Laurent Salphati, Kari M. Morrissey, Sami Mahrus…

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:61

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Pixatimod (PG545) is a novel clinical-stage immunomodulatory agent capable of inhibiting the infiltration of tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) yet also stimulate dendritic cells (DCs), leading to activation ...

    Authors: Edward Hammond, Nicole M. Haynes, Carleen Cullinane, Todd V. Brennan, Darryn Bampton, Paul Handley, Tomislav Karoli, Fleur Lanksheer, Liwen Lin, Yiping Yang and Keith Dredge

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:54

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Oncolytic viruses are currently experiencing accelerated development in several laboratories worldwide, with some forty-seven clinical trials currently recruiting. Many oncolytic viruses combine targeted cytot...

    Authors: Janet Lei, Egon J. Jacobus, William K. Taverner, Kerry D. Fisher, Silvio Hemmi, Katy West, Lorna Slater, Fred Lilley, Alice Brown, Brian Champion, Margaret R. Duffy and Len W. Seymour

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:55

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Corticosteroids are routinely utilized to alleviate edema in patients with intracranial lesions and are first-line agents to combat immune-related adverse events (irAEs) that arise with immune checkpoint block...

    Authors: Amber J. Giles, Marsha-Kay N. D. Hutchinson, Heather M. Sonnemann, Jinkyu Jung, Peter E. Fecci, Nivedita M. Ratnam, Wei Zhang, Hua Song, Rolanda Bailey, Dionne Davis, Caitlin M. Reid, Deric M. Park and Mark R. Gilbert

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:51

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  9. Content type: Research article

    TGFβ signaling plays a pleotropic role in tumor biology, promoting tumor proliferation, invasion and metastasis, and escape from immune surveillance. Inhibiting TGFβ’s immune suppressive effects has become of ...

    Authors: Rikke B. Holmgaard, David A. Schaer, Yanxia Li, Stephen P. Castaneda, Mary Y. Murphy, Xiaohong Xu, Ivan Inigo, Julie Dobkin, Jason R. Manro, Philip W. Iversen, David Surguladze, Gerald E. Hall, Ruslan D. Novosiadly, Karim A. Benhadji, Gregory D. Plowman, Michael Kalos…

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:47

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Extrapulmonary small cell carcinomas (ESCC) are rare but aggressive tumors. Relapses are common despite treatment with chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. Prospective data for treatment of ESCC are lacking; trea...

    Authors: Mohammed Salhab, Yazan Migdady, Melanie Donahue, Yiqin Xiong, Karen Dresser, William Walsh, Benjamin J. Chen and James Liebmann

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:42

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Adoptive cell transfer (ACT) is a promising cancer immunotherapeutic strategy that remains ineffective for a large subset of patients. ACT with memory CD8+ T cells (Tmem) has been shown to have superior efficacy ...

    Authors: Amanda Contreras, Megan V. Beems, Andrew J. Tatar, Siddhartha Sen, Prakrithi Srinand, M. Suresh, Tahra K. Luther and Clifford S. Cho

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:41

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Immune checkpoint inhibiting antibodies were introduced into routine clinical practice for cancer patients. Checkpoint blockade has led to durable remissions in some patients, but may also induce immune-relate...

    Authors: Heinz Läubli, Catharina Balmelli, Lukas Kaufmann, Michal Stanczak, Mohammedyaseen Syedbasha, Dominik Vogt, Astrid Hertig, Beat Müller, Oliver Gautschi, Frank Stenner, Alfred Zippelius, Adrian Egli and Sacha I. Rothschild

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:40

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Cancer-testis antigen NY-ESO-1 is a highly immunogenic melanoma antigen which has been incorporated into adjuvant vaccine clinical trials. Three such early-phase trials were conducted at our center among patie...

    Authors: Michael Lattanzi, Joseph Han, Una Moran, Kierstin Utter, Jeremy Tchack, Rachel Lubong Sabado, Russell Berman, Richard Shapiro, Hsin-Hui Huang, Iman Osman, Nina Bhardwaj and Anna C. Pavlick

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:38

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Talimogene Laherparepvec (T-VEC) is an oncolytic virus approved as an intratumoral therapy for treating unresectable stage IIIB-IV metastatic melanoma. The mechanisms of action for T-VEC and checkpoint inhibit...

    Authors: Lillian Sun, Pauline Funchain, Jung Min Song, Patricia Rayman, Charles Tannenbaum, Jennifer Ko, Michael Mcnamara, C. Marcela Diaz-Montero and Brian Gastman

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:36

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICPIs) are gaining increasing popularity as an efficacious treatment for advanced malignancies. ICPI treatment can be complicated by diarrhea and colitis. Systemic steroids are th...

    Authors: Yinghong Wang, Hamzah Abu-Sbeih, Emily Mao, Noman Ali, Faisal Shaukat Ali, Wei Qiao, Phillip Lum, Gottumukkala Raju, Gladis Shuttlesworth, John Stroehlein and Adi Diab

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:37

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The adoptive transfer of T cells redirected to tumor via chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) has produced clinical benefits for the treatment of hematologic diseases. To extend this approach to breast cancer, we...

    Authors: Pradip Bajgain, Supannikar Tawinwung, Lindsey D’Elia, Sujita Sukumaran, Norihiro Watanabe, Valentina Hoyos, Premal Lulla, Malcolm K. Brenner, Ann M. Leen and Juan F. Vera

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:34

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Modulation of the PD-1/PD-L1 axis through antagonist antibodies that block either receptor or ligand has been shown to reinvigorate the function of tumor-specific T cells and unleash potent anti-tumor immunity...

    Authors: Yiwen Li, Carmine Carpenito, George Wang, David Surguladze, Amelie Forest, Maria Malabunga, Mary Murphy, Yiwei Zhang, Andreas Sonyi, Darin Chin, Douglas Burtrum, Ivan Inigo, Anthony Pennello, Leyi Shen, Laurent Malherbe, Xinlei Chen…

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:31

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:45

  18. Content type: Research article

    Standard-of-care therapies for treating pediatric medulloblastoma have long-term side effects, even in children who are cured. One emerging modality of cancer therapy that could be equally effective without su...

    Authors: Anandani Nellan, Christopher Rota, Robbie Majzner, Cynthia M. Lester-McCully, Andrea M. Griesinger, Jean M. Mulcahy Levy, Nicholas K. Foreman, Katherine E. Warren and Daniel W. Lee

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:30

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Immune checkpoint inhibitors targeting PD-1/PD-L1 pathway demonstrated promising activities in variety of malignancies, however little is known regarding their efficacy in adults aged ≥65 years.

    Authors: Rawad Elias, Anita Giobbie-Hurder, Nadine Jackson McCleary, Patrick Ott, F. Stephen Hodi and Osama Rahma

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:26

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) is a prostate tumor antigen, and the target of the only FDA-approved anti-tumor vaccine, sipuleucel-T. We have previously reported in two clinical trials that a DNA vaccine enc...

    Authors: Ellen Wargowski, Laura E. Johnson, Jens C. Eickhoff, Lauren Delmastro, Mary Jane Staab, Glenn Liu and Douglas G. McNeel

    Citation: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2018 6:21

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